Roll Red Roll

A Social Cinema Screening

“Is this football town putting its daughters at risk by protecting its sons?” – Rachel Dissell, Investigative Reporter, Cleveland Plain Dealer

On a Sunday morning in Steubenville, Ohio, in August 2012, a 15-year-old girl woke up in an unfamiliar basement playroom. She would soon find herself the “Jane Doe” in a case of sexual assault that would attract attention from around the world. Two star players on Big Red, Steubenville’s winning football team, would be accused of raping the underage, unconscious girl at a pre-season party. It might have all been brushed under the rug had their teenage friends not cheered them on and shared shocking posts on social media throughout the night.

Director Nancy Schwartzman’s Roll Red Roll is a true-crime thriller that goes behind the headlines and recreates the night of the crime, the police investigation, and the media storm that followed as local women bloggers, journalists, and protestors of all ages spoke up, many revealing for the first time their own histories of sexual assault. The film uncovers a disturbing, ritualized, social media-fueled “boys will be boys” culture at the heart of this incident and responsible for the alarming increase in sexual harassment and violence in schools across America.

On May 16th join New America NYC and POV at Betaworks Studios for a special screening of Roll Red Roll and a conversation about the rise of sexual violence that considers where we go after #MeToo.


Nancy Schwartzman @fancynancynyc
Director and Producer, Roll Red Roll

Alexander Prout @alexander_prout
Business Executive and Founder, I Have the Right To

Jimmie Briggs @briggsjimmie
Journalist and Member, NYC Commission on Gender Equity

Vera Papisova @VeraPapisova
Writer, Educator, Founder #publictherapy and sexual assault awareness campaign

Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Doors will open to a reception at 6:00pm with the film beginning promptly at 6:30pm.

Follow the conversation online using @RollRedRollDoc and following@NewAmericaNYC.